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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-19 00:21
A Moonbow Night
A Moonbow Night - Laura Frantz

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

First of all, let me start by saying I didn’t know what a moonbow was until I read this story and went to check it out online. I never saw a moonbow but now I seriously want to! There were many such references in A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz which I absolutely loved. I mean WOW!

A Moonbow Night is my third Laura Frantz book, and boy this was one explosive novel! It’s a clean, slightly Christian themed historical romance and her latest release. Previously I’ve read The Mistress of Tall Acre and The Colonel’s Lady; I loved the first, was very frustrated with the other but I knew I’d like to try another of her book soon. This one definitely takes the cake! It wasn’t just the writing and the historical research (loved how she integrated the Daniel Boone and family as a part of the storyline) - Ms. Frantz excels in both gracefully - but also the story itself. So many things were happening; sometimes warm and fuzzy that’ll put a smile on your face, while other times something really, really heart-wrenching! It says a lot when it took me about the first 40% of the book to get into the story cause I found all the references made quite confusing.

Sion Morgan, a Welsh descendant surveyor, was on a mission to survey the areas around the Shawnee Rivers (pardon my geography; I don’t live in the US). He had to check out this backwaters, where the lands are equally full of temptation and danger, for the approaching settlers. Sion knew it would be one of the most dangerous jobs out there, with the Indians on the hunt for human scalp, but he was very dedicated. He had a small group of men helping him, which included an elderly man called Nate, their mapmaker, and not so helpful, Cornelius Lyon and Cornelius’s manservant Aidan. Two chain bearers as well.

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review 2015-11-01 04:23
Review: The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
The Mistress of Tall Acre: A Novel - Laura Frantz

After 8 years of war against the British, Miss Sophie Menzies is alone on the now ramshackle Three Chimneys estate except for her housekeeper and (unpaid) hired man.  Shunned by the village for her father's political views, she is facing continued hardship and the threat of trouble.  In stark contrast, her neighbor has returned from the war, widowed and a war hero, to the thriving Tall Acre estate.  General Seamus Ogilvy's greatest post-war challenges seem to be relating to his young daughter, Lily Cate, and keeping her mother's relative from claiming her.  To protect Lily Cate from being legally awarded to her aunt and uncle, Seamus proposes a marriage of convenience to Sophie.  Sophie accepts and soon becomes the mistress of Tall Acres and the adored mama of Lily Cate.  But the growing closeness of their new family is put to the test as unforeseen complications abound.

 

With a blend of intrigue, drama, faith and romance, Laura Frantz has delivered a story rich with the social, political and moral character of a fledgling post-colonial America.  And she's built it on a foundation of wonderful characters, from the strong hero and dedicated heroine to the faithful staff of Tall Acres, with a memorable cameo by General George Washington.  

 

Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, romance, and the post-revolutionary era.  My full review can be read on my WordPress blog at http://wp.me/p5Tcfi-5Y.  I will definitely be reading more Laura Frantz books.

 

This review refers to a review ebook I read for free, courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-10-11 14:53
The Mistress of Tall Acre
The Mistress of Tall Acre: A Novel - Laura Frantz

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Franz was a lovely Christian-themed romance with a great storyline. This was my first book by the author and with her beautiful writing, I have to say she had me hooked since page 1.

Must admit that I know almost next to nothing about the American Revolutionary war (1775-1783) but I learned quite a bit here. Laura Frantz’s soft and unpretentious storytelling was so superbly merged in with the narratives of American Revolutionary War that History felt a part of this story as much as the characters. General (later the First President of USA) George Washington was just as much a character in the story as much was our war hero, Seamus. To me, this only proved the author’s writing skill.

But first I’d like start with how our hero and our heroine, Sophie met. Sophie’s father’s estate Three Chimneys is a neighboring to Seamus’s Tall Acre. It was apparent that she’d known him for a while. Seamus is tall, muscular, easy to look upon and Sophie had been smitten with him from an early age. Needless to say, Seamus, though always a gentleman, never noticed her. They were close in age but Seamus, the only son, had to take up on the responsibility of Tall Acre. He also joined the army and had succeeded. He got married quite young with a beautiful girl, which was quite the passionate affair. Then he had a daughter that almost killed Anne, his wife. But thanks to Sophie and her mother, both survived. It was that day that Sophie fell in love with Seamus. The whole affair, Seamus’s tension, the baby’s coming, his relief and love for his family may have altered something in her irrevocably. She couldn’t help it when he stood there, holding his hours old daughter, Lily Cate, in his arms, a glow of pride showing on his weary but handsome face. I bet Sophie wanted to be the mistress of Tall Acre then and there. Though she’d never feel jealous of Anne, she definitely despaired of the fact that Seamus Michael Ogilvy would never be hers.

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text 2015-08-04 15:51
Conductor: The Underground Railroad in Romance
Honor (Quaker Brides Book 1) - Lyn Cote
Indigo - Beverly Jenkins
Sweeter Than Birdsong - Rosslyn Elliott
The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel - Jennifer Chiaverini
Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana - Melanie Dobson
The Impetuous Bride: Once Upon a Wedding (Zebra Ballad Romance) - Kelly McClymer
Secrets and Sacrifices - Diane M. Wylie
The Quaker and the Rebel - Mary Ellis
Path of Freedom: Quilts of Love Series - Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Love's Awakening - Laura Frantz

Everyone should check out this amazing film: The Underground Railroad: The William Still Story.  You can watch in online. 

 

Here is the blurb: 

 

The compelling story of one of the most important heroes of the Underground Railroad comes to life in Underground Railroad: The William Still Story. The first generation of his family born free, abolitionist and historian William Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could across the U.S. border to Canada.

 

The Underground Railroad remains the most immense humanitarian enterprise of the 19th century--perhaps ever. Underground Railroad: The William Still Story blends stories, characters and context with evocative reenactments, new historical perspectives and sometimes shocking, often touching, accounts from the day. The predominant "voices" in the documentary are those of William Still and a selection of freedom seekers whose stories help define the era. Their actual words are often used, taken from letters and memoirs.

 

Here are some wonderful Historical Romance Novels that explore the same movement for freedom. 

 

My lists are never in particular order. Enjoy!

 

1. Honor by Lyn Cote

 

When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute after the death of her grandfather, she is forced to leave her Maryland plantation—and the slaves she hoped to free—and seek refuge with a distant relative. With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to local glass artisan Samuel Cathwell. Samuel is drawn to Honor, but he has been unwilling to open his heart to anyone since scarlet fever took his hearing as a child.

A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but nothing in Honor’s genteel upbringing has prepared her for the rigors of frontier life with Samuel. Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she becomes increasingly—though secretly—involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together as man and wife?

 

2. Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

 

As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan's Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn't hesitate…even after she is told about the price on his head. 

The man in question is the great conductor known as the "Black Daniel" a vital member of the North's Underground railroad network. But Hester finds him so rude and arrogant, she begins to question her vow to hide him. 

When the injured and beaten Galen Vachon, aka, the Black Daniel awakens in Hester's cellar, he is unprepared for the feisty young conductor providing his care. As a member of one of the wealthiest free Black families in New Orleans, Galen has turned his back on the lavish living he is accustomed to in order to provide freedom to those enslaved in the South. 

However, as he heals he cannot turn his back on Hester Wyatt. Her innocence fills him like a breath of fresh air and he is determined to make this gorgeous and intelligent woman his own… 

Yet…there are traitors to be discovered, slave catchers to be evaded and Hester's heart to be won before she and Galen can find the freedom that only true love can bring. 

 

3. Sweeter than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott

 

In Westerville, Ohio, 1855, Kate Winter’s dreams are almost within reach. As the first woman to graduate from Otterbein College, she’ll be guaranteed her deepest wish: escape from the dark secret haunting her family. But with her mother determined to marry her off to a wealthy man, Kate must face reality. She has to run. Now. And she has the perfect plan. Join the upcoming musical performance—and use it to mask her flight.

 

Ben Hanby, Otterbein College’s musical genius, sees Kate Winter as an enigmatic creature, notable for her beauty, yet painfully shy. Then he hears her sing—and the glory of her voice moves him as never before. He determines to cast her in his musical and uncover the mystery that is Kate. Still, he must keep his own secret to himself. Not even this intriguing woman can know that his passionate faith is driving him to aid fugitives on the Underground Railroad.

 

A terrifying accident brings Kate and Ben together, but threatens to shatter both their secrets and their dreams. Kate can no longer deny the need to find her courage—and her voice—if she is to sing a new song for their future.

 

4. The Sugar Camp Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

 

Set in Creek's Crossing, Pennsylvania, in the years leading up to the Civil War, the story begins with friends and neighbors taking sides in the abolitionist debate, and as events unfold, an ex-traordinary young heroine passes from innocence to wisdom against the harrowing backdrop of the American struggle over slavery. 


A dutiful daughter and niece, Dorothea Granger finds her dreams of furthering her education thwarted by the needs of home. A gifted quilter, she tragically loses her hope chest in a flood. A superior student, she is promoted from pupil to teacher -- only to lose her position to the privileged son of a town benefactor. But the ultimate test of her courage and convictions comes with the death of her stern uncle Jacob, who inexplicably had asked Dorothea to stitch him a quilt with four unusual patterns of his own design.

 

After he meets with a violent end, Dorothea discovers that the quilt contains hidden clues to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad. Emboldened by the revelations about her uncle's bravery, Dorothea resolves to continue his dangerous work. Armed with the Sugar Camp Quilt and its mysterious symbols, she must evade slavecatchers and outwit unscrupulous neighbors, embarking upon a heroic journey that allows her to discover her own courage and resourcefulness -- unsuspected qualities that may win her the heart of the best man she has ever known. 


Told with Jennifer Chiaverini's trademark historical suspense, The Sugar Camp Quilt blends danger, moral courage, romance, and hope into a novel of antebellum America whose lessons resonate with timeless honesty.

 

5. Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana by Melanie Dobson

 

In a divided town durng a dangerous era, who can be trusted? Anna Brent risks everything for the runaway slaves hidden in her home, but is she willin gto risk her heart to the newcomer who is fighting for their freedom?

 

6. The Impetuous Bride by Kelly McClymer

 

Rosaline Fenster has always been the black sheep of her proper Victorian family. Ros prefers to chart her own path, even if she must dress as a man on occasion to do what must be done. Escaping her life as an English lady by emigrating to America, Ros has found adventure helping runaway slaves find freedom. But now her path west has set her on a collision course with Wagonmaster Rob Lewis. Rob doesn't want anything to disrupt his wagon train's journey west. Not escaped slaves. Not his own daughter. And especially not his late wife's cousin -- a woman who dares to do what she thinks right, and damn the consequences.

 

7. Secrets and Sacrifices by Diane Wylie

 

The slowly starving South, lack of medical supplies, and desperate runaway slaves motivate Charlie and Daniel to take risks beyond their wildest imaginations. How could they possibly know that their paths would cross during the worst time in their lives and where that path would lead?

 

8. The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary Ellis

 

 Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’ work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there. Alexander Hunt is the doctor’s handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily’s antislavery convictions. The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?

 

9. Path of Freedom by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

 

When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple. With only her mother's quilt as a secret guide, the foursome follows the stitches through unknown treachery.

 

10. Love's Awakening by Laura Frantz

 

n the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburgh only to find that her parents are away on a long journey and her siblings don't seem to want her to stay. Determined to stand her ground and find her place in the world, Ellie fills her time by opening a day school for young ladies.

But when one of her students turns out to be an incorrigible young member of the Turlock family, Ellie knows she must walk a fine line. Slaveholders and whiskey magnates, the Turlocks are envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly entangled with the rival clan--particularly the handsome Jack Turlock--she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future. Will she betray her family and side with the enemy?

 

Did  I miss your favorite? Let me know!

 

Vote on my Goodreads list: Conductor: The Underground Railroad in Romance

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review 2015-01-01 00:00
Love's Reckoning
Love's Reckoning - Laura Frantz This book tore me into little pieces. Broke me. Then, took it's precious time piecing me back together. Words cannot explain how I feel right now. It was simply breathtaking, beautiful. A new favorite.
(review to come)
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